Each week Clark Beckham subjects himself to judgement and criticism in the music competition that made names such as Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Fantasia Barrino and Jennifer Hudson famous. Still, that's a small price to pay for the up-and-coming Christian "American Idol" XIV hopeful who has plans of cementing himself as a secular music artist while being a light for God.
Beckham, 22, is deeply rooted in his faith as a graduate of the Christian college Lee University and underwent a life changing experience being touched by the Holy Ghost. Now that he has made it into the top five of the coveted American Idol competition, the singer-songwriter and musician has showcased his range as somebody who can fit into multiple genres.
For some time, he battled with the idea that a devout Christian such as himself must sing Christian contemporary music if he reached a level of success where his voice could inspire a multitude of people. These days, Beckham is confident in his calling and spoke to The Christian Post about why he decided he did not feel the need to fulfill people's expectations for the type of music he is supposed to sing. more >>
When this choir steps on stage, they are immediately in shock. So excited that they have made it this far and finally have been given the chance to prove themselves. There performance of "Roar" will blow you away!
Revelation Avenue is a choir of 12 members, and their voices will go straight to your soul. This group from East London brings the house down when they start to sing their rousing rendition by Katy Perry. Simon tells them that they had a choir that was not that good before them, so they had a ton of pressure put on them. But, it didn't affect them one bit! They bagged themselves a spot in the live shows when Amanda presses the golden buzzer. It's hard to perform in front of a large audience and judges as it is. But, to get up there and give a flawless performance like they did, is even more amazing!
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Kirk Franklin is defending his fellow gospel singer Erica Campbell for her decision to create a new sound called "trap gospel."
Campbell, the Mary Mary singer who has ventured into solo music territory, released an album remixing of much of her debut music with Help 2.0 last month. One of the singles she has been pushing is called "I Luh God," which blends God centered lyrics over trap music production.
While some may be weary of the new sound fusing gospel and trap music, veteran gospel music artist, writer and producer Kirk Franklin came to Campbell's defense when appearing on NPR recently. more >>
Dr. Bobby Jones' BET show "Bobby Jones Gospel" is ending it's reign on the network after 35 years and maintaining the title of the longest continuous running original series on cable television.
The long standing gospel music show will air for one more season, according to an announcement that was officially made recently at the BET Networks' upfront meeting.
Kirk Franklin and Yolanda Adams honored Jones with a tribute performance after the announcement was made, according to BET reports. For 35 years, the show has welcomed gospel music's biggest names including Shirley Caeser, Vicky Winans, Dottie Peoples, Byron Cage, Mary Mary, Hezekiah Walker, Donnie McClurkin and more along with well known evangelists and people in and around the Christian community. more >>
Christian band Hawk Nelson debuted a lyric video for their new song "Sold Out" on the Christian website NewReleaseTuesday.com in what lead vocalist Jon Steinhard said reveals the Christian band's commitment to God on Monday.
The new video features colorful backdrops with lyrics that include: "In a world full of followers I'll be a leader, in a world full of doubters I'll be a believer." Steingard, who created the new video, said that "Sold Out" is among his favorite songs on Hawk Nelson's latest album, Diamonds.
"'Sold Out' is one of my favorite songs on the record because it speaks so boldly and unequivocally about our desire to run after God, regardless of culture or circumstance," the singer said in a statement. more >>
This 15-year-old boy, Isaac Waddington, gets on the "Britain's Got Talent" stage with confidence and his number one fan in the audience. Isaac's little brother looks up to him and is his biggest fan. When he starts to sing the crowd gets silent and lost in his beautiful voice … bringing some to tears.
Parents and others in the crowd know they have witnessed something special and it effects each and every one of them. Simon's convinced they've found "someone truly special" following 15-year-old Isaac Waddington's jaw-dropping performance. Isaac sings a rendition of Billy Joel's "She's Always A Woman," and it is done wonderfully. He is very talented and has a bright future ahead of him in music. Wowing all the judges and audience is the first sign of this performance being special. Four yeses and smiles!
Check out this incredible performance from Isaac below: more >>